Category Archives: Lithuania

May in Lithuania

We climb the greenest hills to listen to a cuckoo bird. And doodlebugs in giant swarms, Children’s delight. Bird cherries dressed in bride-like white with lilacs by the side of drying clothes on lines like prayer cloths above the crumbled … Continue reading

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Poor Man’s Ingenuity

This is an old photo of my baby sister and I, 1982, Lithuania. My favorite part — the ladybugs on my knees. They are not for decoration, although I definitely think they are cute. In those days, we wore our … Continue reading

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Those Were the Days of Colorado Beetles

This will be long, and potentially boring, so grab some coffee and brace yourself. . . I was not so popular with the crowd when I was a kid. A geek, too skinny, too tall, too goofy, too shy, wearing … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Broken

A few of these pictures, not all, I took in Uzupis, Vilnius. Others are from old town Vilnius. Užupis is a neighborhood in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, largely located in Vilnius’ old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Užupis … Continue reading

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Storks Bring Memories and Happiness

“The white stork (gandras) is usually felt to be the national bird of Lithuania. Lithuanians believe that storks bring harmony to the families on whose property they nest; they have also kept up the tradition of telling their children that … Continue reading

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April in Lithuania

  April in Lithuania Is when the storks had come back to rooftops to nest and earth exhales a fresh baked breath; April in Lithuania Is when the blue of the sky meets the blue of the Baltic Sea Interrupted … Continue reading

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Drinking Pepsi with Nikita

This is a sequel to my Standing in Line with Nikita post. I am reading K Blows the Top by Peter Carlson. It is a darkly comic history of Khrushchev’s trip to America. Quite a treat for me to see … Continue reading

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